Mazda’s North American Operations recently revealed a few details on the 2017 Mazda6. The automaker was adamant about how the engineers “didn’t stop there.” The entire design process centered around providing more premium features and enhancing both performance and efficiency.
A considerable level of sound insulation was added to the 2017 Mazda6. They even made sure to keep a manual option for those who want more control over their driving experience.
Mazda holds the Jinba Ittai ideology highly, meaning “horse and rider.” And if those two are connected, then everything is right in the world.
Perhaps most unique about the 2017 Mazda6 is the presence of G-Vectoring Control or GVC. Per the Jinba Ittai mindset, GVC unites the engine, transmission, chassis, and other components for a crisp handling style. This is Mazda’s first application of such technology in North America but for Mazda enthusiasts, it is sure to excite.
GVC varies engine torque in accordance with steering inputs for better control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces. GVC optimizes the vertical load on each wheel so the driver’s intentions and vehicle direction are more uniform. The technology is useful in any situation.
In essence, GVC is the technical representation of Jinba Ittai.
Mazda put stricter guidelines on door seals and panels, adding sound insulation material to the under body, rear console, headliner, and doors. The front glass is thicker but Grand Touring models receive further laminated treatment on the front side windows.
Nappa leather seating surfaces with contrast color piping are available in Grand Touring models equipped with the Premium Package. The package also includes a black headliner, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and traditional Japanese chidori stitching. The Premium Package also finishes the interior trim with a bright metallic look.
A new, colorful Active Driving Display is available.
Safety & Security
The 2017 Mazda6 features Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist, and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring.
Every 2017 Mazda6 will feature a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine. It creates 184 horsepower, paired to either a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or an available SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic. i-ELOOP regenerative braking, for increased vehicle efficiency, is part of the aforementioned Premium Package.
The 2017 Mazda6 arrives next month, although pricing is forthcoming. We truly believe the 2017 Mazda6 will deliver something new for Mazda fans.
*Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.